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NABÂNCIA WE KNOW TODAY AS TOMAR

Portuguese cobblestone pavement is part of the identity of this city in the center of the country.

In the heart of Ribatejo, in the district of Santarém, stands Tomar. Templar city, it feels its heart pounding when Gualdim Pais is mentioned, the Portuguese crusader who founded the city more than eight centuries ago.


In an area that is lit up by the banks of the Nabão River (a tributary of the Zêzere and, inherently, a tributary of the Tejo River), the town is known for its lush forests, beautiful fields and, of course, for water sports, which they know so well, taking into account the arid spring-summer climate that plagues there. But, more than that, Tomar is a city with history, which has in the imposing Castle, Convento de Cristo, Convento de São Francisco, or in the Aqueduto dos Pegões some sights that delight the thousands of tourists who visit it, year after year.

An important stage of the crusade period and having also played an iconic role at the time of the War of Independence with the Spanish regime in 1640, Tomar has an architecture that justifies that past so well. Another of its highlights are the details of the Portuguese pavement that can be found in various areas of the city, especially in the historical part of Praça da República — where the Town Hall is located —, in Ponte Velha, or even at the entrance of the luxurious hotel Templars.

The Portuguese cobblestone pavement details that stand out in the ever-lively Praça da República are a mix of lozenge pavements from the medieval period, providing the optical sensation of 3D. In this sense, perspective assumes a fundamental role, being favored by the two colors of stones used: white stone and black stone. Without a doubt, a script to be included in an upcoming weekend.

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